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Police investigate suspicious car fire

October 16, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Police and fire officials here are investigating a suspicious car fire that raged this morning in the 1000 block of Grant Street.

Calexico fire Capt. Ernesto Avila said a late model sedan was reported on fire around 3:19 a.m. but had already been extinguished by the time fire crews arrived on scene. Francisco Tellez, a neighbor of the car's owner, was arriving home from Mexicali when he saw the flaming vehicle and acted to extinguish the blaze, Avila said.

Tellez, thought to be in his mid-20s, resides a few houses from the site of the fire.

According to Avila, the torched car, which was parked on the curb in front of vehicle owner Jose Silva's home, is thought to be a case of arson because of traces of fuel inside the car.

Avila said the window to the car had been broken and some kind of accelerant had been thrown inside to ignite the blaze.

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He added no instruments used to either break the window or start the fire were recovered at the scene and no arrests have been made in connection with the suspected arson.

Silva was not home during the car fire.

Avila estimates the car sustained about $2,000 damage.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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